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BEAHHA'S SUBMISSION                                         5T
cattle on the bank of the Jamun& the demon Baehhasur made an open onset
against them.* When he had received the reward of his temerity, the demon
Baka"siir tried the efficacy of stratagem. Transforming himself into a crane of
gigantic proportions he perched on the hill-side, and when the cowherd's child-
ren came to gaze at the monstrous apparition, snapped them all up one after the
other. But Krishna made such a hot mouthful that he was only too glad to
drop him ; and as soon as the boy set his feet on the ground again, he seized
the monster by his long bill and rent him in twain.
On another day, as their playmate Toshf and some of the other children
were rambling about, they spied what they took to be the mouth of a great chasm
in the rock. It was in truth the expanded jaws of the serpent-king Aghasur,
and as the bo}*s were peeping in he drew a deep breath and sucked them all
down. But Krishna bid them be of good cheer, and swelled his body to such
a size that the serpent burst, and the children stept put upon the plain un-
injured.
Again, as they lay lazily one sultry noon under a Kadamb tree enjoying
their lunch, the calves strayed away quite out of sighi.:f In fact, the jealous
god Brahma had stolen them* When the loss was detected, all ran off in differ-
ent directions to look for them 5 but Krishna took a shorter plan, and as soon
as he found himself alone, created other cattle exactly like them to take their
place. He then waited a little for his companions' return ; but when no signs
of them appeared, he guessed, as was really the case, that they too had been stolen
by Brahma; so without more ado he continued the work of creation, and call-
ed into existence another group of children identical in appearance with the
absentees. Meanwhile, Brahma had dropped off into one of his periodical dozes,
and waking up after the lapse of a year, chuckled to himself over the for-
lorn condition of Braj, without either cattle or children. But when he got
there and began to look about him, he found everything just the same as before:
then he made his submission to Krishna, and acknowledged him to be his lord
and master.
One day, as Krishna was strolling by himself along the bank of the Jamuna,
he came to a creek by the side of which grew a tall Kadamb tree.    He
* TMs adventuse giYes ita name to the Bachh-ban near Sehi.
f Hsnce the name of the riliage Toah in the Mathuia pargana.
$ The scene of this adventure Is laid at Kliadira-ban, Dear Khaka.   The khadira is a species
of assacia.   The Sanskrit word assumes in Prakrit the form AAa*>a.
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